Homework helpline available for students

Homework helpline available for students
Posted on 02/22/2022
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MT. MORRIS TOWNSHIP, Mich. - There's a new homework helpline available at Westwood Heights, and it's open to all students, inside and outside the district.

The district launched the line in mid-December to help students with their math homework.

School officials tell Mid-Michigan NOW they started with this subject after noticing a decline in progress monitoring assessment scores and some learning gaps from students.

Eventually, they want to offer help in other subject areas.

While these services are available throughout the entire district, Hamady High School math teachers tell Mid-Michigan NOW it's not taking off like they'd expected.

“The students are telling us that they're too embarrassed if they're struggling. That they're too shy to make that phone call,” said Instructional Math Coach and one of the teachers on the hotline, Kristina Griffin.

Griffin tells Mid-Michigan NOW she saw firsthand how students like Dajah Coleman struggled with math when they couldn't meet face-to-face.

“It was pretty hard for me. I'm usually an all-A student but it was really hard online with not being able to be in-person. I'm more of an in-person learner than online,” said Coleman.

“Teaching math virtually was extremely difficult. Math has traditionally been done pencil and paper. We threw these kids into having to do their math virtually. They could not necessarily write down their work,” said Griffin.

Griffin also found students became afraid to ask for help, so they introduced the homework helpline in hopes more students would feel comfortable.

“I only called two times and it helped me a lot when I didn't know what to do. My parents couldn't help me that much with it because like how hard the math was, and it was hard for me,” said Coleman.

Since returning to class, Coleman's grades have improved, so she encourages her classmates falling behind to call the homework helpline.

“We know the teachers. Some have been here for years, some just got here but we know them. We see them every day. It's no reason to be afraid to call,” said Coleman.

“We really do want to see them succeed. We want to be able to catch them up. We want to fill those gaps. We need the parents and the kids to take advantage of it,” said Griffin.

This homework helpline is available to all students in the district and in the special education department too.

It's also open to any student, even if they don't attend Westwood Heights.

Griffin encourages students to call because she wants their scores to improve in the next three years.

The hotline is open Sunday through Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m., with six teachers on call.

Again, it is open to all students, even if they don't attend the district.

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